I agree with some of his comments about the fandom, others are clearly the result of a job that didn't turn out as he planned and blaming anyone but himself. I do agree that Transformers is generally considered a less respectable job in the comic book world than your average franchise book. Friends I have who will spend all day talking about what color green lantern's underpants are (green?) look at me like I have a dick painted on my forehead if I try to talk about TFs. But honestly I'm not very interested in any of his shitty comments about the franchise or fandom. There is a lot of entitlement among us, but we're still a community, our money still spends. Better than most. And we were kind enough to pay his rent for a while. But if he didn't like working there, he didn't like it. Not a crime. There's plenty not to like. I was interested in the challenges he had writing the characters as they are challenges I too have faced writing science fiction. Characters who don't eat, sleep or love are very hard to find good motivations for (I usually go with "avoiding boredom" as their primary impetus for action in that situation, but I write comedy) also character designs that are toys first a very difficult to find a compelling reason for said design. A lot of writers avoid this by completely tossing sense out the window, others struggle with it. I would, he evidently did. I would like to hear more about this from another writer who perhaps struggled with it and was more successful. At the end of the day, I didn't hate his writing as many of you seemed to. I won't particularly miss him and he certainly had his failings, but I've been reading comics a long time, and I've read quite a few with the Transformers logo on the front that were much worse than the ones with his name on them. Who he is as a person matters to me very little. A lot of my very favorite writers- Dave Sim, Hunter Thompson- are generally regarded as magnificent assholes. Costa barely rates in that company. As a writer or an asshole.